The Week That Was

March 18, 2007

Central Booking makes changes

Central Booking has made what Warden Mitchell J. Franks describes as small but critical improvements in the booking process that have helped officials avoid major problems for nearly a year.

Audit finds trouble in schools

An independent audit of the Baltimore County school system found a breakdown in oversight and teacher training that has led to a disconnect between what children need to learn and what is being taught.

City schools' budget unveiled

Classes would become smaller at some elementary schools, and middle schools would be reconfigured under a $1.2 billion budget proposal unveiled by the interim city schools chief executive officer.

Fire commander is suspended

A Baltimore fire commander was suspended for 30 days for failing to document medical certificates for at least 22 department members, including a deputy chief, three top commanders and a union leader.

Death penalty repeal fails

Efforts to repeal the death penalty in Maryland were defeated when a key state Senate committee defeated the measure, leaving a court-ordered moratorium on state executions in place and some legislators weighing a study of the issue.

National Guard report released

The Maryland Army National Guard had a cutthroat culture in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, where military discipline and bearing took "a back seat to selling" recruits on military service, according to an internal investigative report.

House approves health bill

The Maryland House of Delegates approved a plan to extend medical coverage to more than 100,000 residents, but the measure faces strong opposition in the Senate, where legislative leaders object to funding health care through a $1-a-pack increase in the tobacco tax.

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